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Author Herrin, Judith.

Title Byzantium : the surprising life of a medieval empire / Judith Herrin.

Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  949.502 H435b 2009    ---  Available
Description xxiii, 391 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-353) and index.
Contents Introduction : A different history of Byzantium -- The city of Constantine -- Constantinople, the largest city in Christendom -- The East Roman Empire -- Greek Orthodoxy -- The church of Hagia Sophia -- The Ravenna mosaics -- Roman law -- The bulwark against Islam -- Icons, a new Christian art form -- Iconoclasm and icon veneration -- A literate and articulate society -- Saints Cyril and Methodios, 'apostles to the Slavs' -- Greek fire -- The Byzantine economy -- Eunuchs -- The imperial court -- Imperial children, 'born in the purple' -- Mount Athos -- Venice and the fork -- Basil II, 'the bulgar-slayer' -- Eleventh-century crisis -- Anna Komnene -- A cosmopolitan society -- The fulcrum of the crusades -- The towers of Trebizond, Arta, Nicaea and Thessanlonike -- Rebels and patrons -- 'Better the Turkish turban than the Papal tiara' -- The siege of 1453 -- Conclusion : The greatness and legacy of Byzantium.
Subject Byzantine Empire -- History.
Byzantine Empire -- Civilization.
ISBN 9780691131511
9780691143699 (pbk.)
0691143692 (pbk.)

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